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AirTran WiFi … Just Way Too Cool!. And, Debbee Thibault, too!

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How cool is this? I edited this great new Halloween folk art piece from Debbee Thibault while in the Atlanta airport. I always make use of the wait time … makes it go so much faster!

Even cooler though – I’m uploading this blog post from aboard the aircraft during flight. AirTran now has WiFi in the air and they were offering a free trial today. I guess I won’t be able to nap anymore!

I had a nice visit with Debbee at the July AmericasMart show which ended today. She introduced seven new figures for fall as well has a nice selection of jewelry.

Little Red Ragamuffin was one of my favorites. Debbee told me that she imagines the figure as a child’s doll who wants to go Trick-or-Treating, too! Not to be left out, she dresses up as Little Red Riding Hood, sporting that fairy tale red cape. Don’t you just love her basket of treats? I’ve included a close up view so that you can see all of the detail that Debbee Thibault has included.

Here are the facts:

Little Red Ragamuffin
Red/Coral
8.25″ high
Edition of 300
$210

This figure will be available from many retailers including my favorite, Kitty’s Ltd in Delaware. Debbee will be making an appearance there in late August as well as at the Golden Glow Convention in Sacramento earlier in the month.

It’s Time for a Mad Tea Party!

We all love prizes! Here’s a wonderful opportunity to explore and meet some of today’s innovative folk artists. As you explore and visit the wealth of blog sites, you’ll have the opportunity to enter your name into drawings for prizes. Sounds like a win-win opportunity, doesn’t it?

The Mad Tea Party
The Mad Tea Party

I plan to enter. How about you? Have fun at the party!

Click the image to begin your exploration.

It’s Time to Share! Holiday Visions 2008

Michael Storings, Central Park

New York City Central Park

4″ ball ornament

Michael Storrings for

Landmark Creations

Retail Value: $104

All good things must come to an end.

It’s time to pack away your Christmas ornaments and decorations for another year. But before you do that, I’d love for you to share your Christmas displays with Celebrate365.

Why not share the joy of Christmas in your household with others throughout the world?

Need a little nudge? How about PRIZES? Holiday designers and stores have provided the holiday items shown below. Send in your Christmas images and your name will be entered into the prize drawing.

New York City Central Park

Set of Coasters

Michael Storrings for

Landmark Creations

If you have digital images of your Christmas tree and holiday displays – indoor and out – please send them to holidayvisions@gmail.com.

We’ll post your images on our web site at www.holidayvisions.org. You’ve spent hours, days, weeks decorating. Your creations just might inspire others! Here’s what to do.

Cinnamon Bear

Landmark Creations for Spode

  • Send up to 10 images to holidayvisions@gmail.com
  • Include your first name, last initial and state (country) for identification on the web site.
  • Provide a suitable caption or explanation for each image that you send.Spode Blue Willow TeapotLandmark Creations for Spode

That’s it. We’ll do the rest!

Images must be received by FEBRUARY 28.

Winning names will be drawn on MARCH 1.

If you are among the lucky winners, Celebrate365 will email you for your shipping information.

What could be easier? Share your holiday displays, inspire others and win great prizes!

Spode Stocking

Landmark Creations for Spode

Velvet, 18″

Winners will be selected by random drawing for the prizes shown.

Thank you to Landmark Creations for donating all of the prizes shown on this page.

Celebrate365 Recommends the EZ Rotating Christmas Tree Stand

EZ Rotating Christmas Tree Stand
EZ Rotating Christmas Tree Stand

Each year as collectors begin decorating for Christmas, Celebrate365 subscribers share tips and recommendations. Since our subscribers are serious about about displaying glass ornaments to their best advantage, we will be sharing their tricks and tips for creating dazzling holiday trees and displays.

First up for discussion —

  • Why would I want a rotating tree stand?
  • What is the best stand?
  • Where can I buy it?

Why would I want a rotating tree stand?

If you love ornaments, it does not take long for you to collect more that you can possibly fit onto one tree. Not everyone has the space or the energy to decorate multiple trees. A rotating stand allows you to make the most of the tree that you have. It allows you to decorating every inch of the tree!

A Magical Display

Besides being a practical solution to using your space to its best advantage, placing your tree in a rotating stand creates a magical display in your home. Remember those animated department store windows that mesmorized you as a child? A rotating stand allows you to bring that sense of enchantment into your own home. Visitors to your home might just pull up a chair in front of the tree and watch the ornaments as the slowing pass by!

What is the best stand?

Celebrate365 readers and Glass Links discussion group members overwhelming recommend the EZ Rotating tree stand. I personally own three of them that have been in operation for at least ten years. I have never had a problem and I’m sure that I exceed the manufacturer recommendation as far as “weight” is concerned. Readers share similar stories. H M S MFG currently produces the EZ Rotating stand.

Home Logic Rotating 8′ Artificial Christmas Tree Stand

Product Description

The base is made of a heavy, durable plastic that can securely rotate up to 150 lbs. of artificial Christmas tree. The base also has two outlets to keep lights from getting tangled. It also is perfect for stringing lights or garland. Just stand in one place, turn on the rotating stand and let the Rotating Tree Stand do the work!

  • Holds trees up to 8.5′ tall with maximum weight of 150 lbs
  • Separate On/Off Switch for lights & rotation
  • Rotates 360 degrees
  • Light sets & plugs never tangle
  • Use up to 2,000 mini lights
  • Patented collar design automatically centers tree
  • Holds tree poles up to 1.25″ Diameter
  • 23.25″ base prevents tipping for ultra-stability
  • Two sets of precision bearings support the weight of both the tree and decorations
  • Bidirectional clutch protects the motor mechanism if tree is obstructed or forced either forward or backward
  • If rotation is obstructed, a warning click sounds
  • Two electrical receptacles turn with stand, so lights turn, too — light strings never tangle
  • Circuit breaker, just push to reset
  • Rated for 8 Amps/120 Volts/960 Watts

Manufacturer: H M S MFG
Other products by H M S
Model number: 111
UPC Code: 025947010110
ID/SKU: 0072838

Available at:

Read more about Rotating Stands at About.com with Barbara Crews

And, a picture is worth 1,000 words! Watch the manufacturer video on You Tube.

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